After all the fuss surrounding Bernard Tomic’s appointment to Australia’s Davis Cup team, the young Australian helped Australia get off to a great start, destroying Tsung-Hua Yang 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 in their third career meeting and first time against each other outside a juniors event. Tomic has won all of their previous meetings.
A rain delay meant a later start for the Davis Cup newcomer but he seemed unworried by the situation. The rain forecast was the reason he got to play the singles rubber with John Fitzgerald saying he didn’t want Carsten Ball to have to play 2 games in one day if the game was rained out. Tomic had said he was confident heading into the match, having previously being untroubled by Tsung-Hua, and quickly broke him to get to a 4-1 lead int he first set.
Peter Luczak had a slow start, losing the first set 4-6 to Chu-Huan Yi before rallying to win dominantly 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Luczak has had some good form to start the 2010 season getting to the quarterfinals in Santiago and Sydney and pushing Rafa Nadal in his first round match at the Australian Open.
The doubles rubber will be played tomorrow, weather allowing, by Carsten Ball and Paul Hanley against Tsung-Hua Yang and Chu-Huan Yi. Australia is expected to win this rubber too, with the Australian’s being far more experienced in doubles play.